Reviews and Problems with Sigma 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM
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a great lens
gnomieee, B&H Photo
3 weeks ago
Excerpt: I have been using this lens on my D700 for eighteen months now to shoot low light architectural interiors. The combination of the extreme wide angle & the exceptional low light capabilities of the camera have allowed me to capture images way beyond anything I could ever achieve before. Yes I could dredge up a few minor complaints, but these are far outweighed by the positive results & wonderful photographs.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Reliable, Rugged, Strong Construction, Versatile
Excerpt: I too was dubious about whether this lens would be sharp, and was pleasantly surprised to find it very sharp, certainly much more so than I was expecting. You can get shots with this lens you just cannot get with any other. Yes, it has the normal very wide angle distortion, but work with it and be aware of it and it is not a problem and use it creatively.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fun, Strong Construction, Unique
Excerpt: We used to have the Sigma 8-16mm for our Canon 40d and it was our go to lens for landscape photography. When we upgraded to the full-frame 6d we bought this lens. We love it just as much as the 8-16mm and it is still our go to lens for landscape photography!
Excerpt: Being an f/4.5-5.6 lens, it's not bulky or heavy. Shooting landscapes you don't really use any wider than that anyways unless you are a wedding/portrait photographer and had a desire to use such a wide angle. Also using the Nikkor 14-24 2.8, I thought the Sigma was pretty sharp and not too far off from the Nikkor. There is slight vignette but I don't mind, It's not bad.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: * Great for when I want to take as much territory as possible in a single shot - especially when the conditions are not conducive to shooting a panoramic. * Enables me to take unique photographs that are only possible with a lens of this ultra-width. * Enables me to deliberately exaggerate or diminish the apparent size of specific subjects. * Frequently provides me with a distinct advantage when I'm shooting in competitive situations.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Cons: Forget About Polarizers, Forget Using Filters, Front Element Vulnerable, Keeping It From My Son
Excerpt: I've loved this lens on my Canons and I love the newest version even more on my new D800's. My Canon copy became distorted after 3 years of heavy use, sent it to Sigma and they sent me a NEW lens with a fresh 5 year warranty! When I switched to Nikon in May it was the first lens I ordered!! Very useful and well controlled perspective/distortion. Very professional.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction